Affordable Care Act
Under the Affordable Care Act, all FDA approved contraceptive methods, sterilization procedures and patient education and counseling for all women with reproductive capacity will be covered by your insurance without cost-sharing (does not apply to grandfathered plans or group health plans by religious employers).
Oral contraceptive pills were designed with three weeks of the hormones estrogen and progesterone and one week of placebo pills. This was thought to closely mimic a normal menstrual cycle. There are both combined oral contraceptive pills with estrogen and progesterone and progesterone only pills. Combined oral contraceptive pills work by suppressing the follicle stimulating hormone and the luteinizing hormone, thus inhibiting ovulation and altering the thickness of cervical mucous and the lining of the uterus. Progesterone only contraception inhibits the build up of the uterine lining and thickens cervical mucous. In a normal menstrual cycle ovulation occurs, cervical mucous thins out and the lining of the uterus thickens.
In the past ten years, the formulation of birth control pills has changed to include extended regimen, and 24/4 dosing instead of 21/7. Some pills even include estrogen or iron during the period week.
Intrauterine Device (IUD)
Intrauterine contraception consists of a copper IUD and an intrauterine system that secretes progesterone. The copper IUD lasts for 10 years and the progesterone IUD lasts for 5 years. IUDâ€™s are placed in the uterus by your healthcare provider. Even though the IUDâ€™s are effective for 5 and 10 years, they can be removed at anytime when fertility is desired.
Women's Health Specialists offers Mirena and Paraguard IUD options. Talk with your provider if you are interested.
The NuvaRing is a monthly birth control option. The ring is placed once for 21 days and then removed for 7 days. It contains two types of hormones: estrogen and progestin which work together to prevent your ovaries from producing mature eggs. These are the same found in oral contraceptives. To obtain the ring, you must have a prescription. Talk to your provider if you are interested.
The Patch is applied every week for three weeks and no patch on the week menses occurs. To obtain the patch, you must have a prescription. Talk to your provider if you are interested.
NEXPLANON / IMPLANON NXT
Nexplanon is a hormone-releasing birth control implant that is placed under the skin for women who prefer a long-acting hormone. It is considered a long-term method because it prevents pregnancy for up to three (3) years. It does not need to be taken daily, weekly, monthly, or quarterly.
It may be small, but it is more than 99% effective. It is a soft and flexible implant that is inserted in a discreet location in the inner, upper arm.
This is offered by the physicians and providers at Women's Health Specialists call to make your appointment today.
Emergency contraception is designed to be used in the event of unprotected intercourse. This type of contraception contains a hormone similar to those found in birth control that prevents ovulation. It does not harm a pregnancy if it has already occurred. A woman 18 or older may ask the pharmacist for the medication without a prescription. It works most effectively if taken within 72 hours after the event.
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